Gambia national U-20 team were crowned champions of the 2018 West African
Football Union (WAFU) Zone A tournament following their 2-1 victory over hosts
Liberia on Saturday night at the Samuel K. Doe Stadium in Monrovia.
It’s the second time The Gambia has reached the final of the (WAFU) competition; the first was in Saint Louise, Senegal when The Gambia refused to go for extra time with the host in 2015.
Abdoulie Sarr opened the account for the Young Scorpions in the first half of the encounter but moments later the hosts equalised.
The Gambia U-20 utility player Adama Jammeh scored the winning goal for the Young Scorpions during the second period to seal the victory for Matarr Mboge’s Young scorpions.
The Gambia’s U-20 goalkeeper Yankuba Colley was decorated as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Meanwhile the Young Scorpions yesterday received a rousing welcome from football fans, friends and loved ones at the Banjul International Airport upon their return home.
In a related development Lamin Kabba Bajo, President of the Gambia Football Federation on behalf of the Federation pledged to donate Two hundred and eighty six thousand dalasis (D286, 000.00) to the Young Scorpions if they grabbed the trophy.
Bajo made the pledge to the players when he met them at their hotel prior to their Saturday match against the host.
It could also be recalled that Liberian President George Weah donated Ten thousand US dollars ($10,000) to the Gambia National U-20 team after the Young Scorpions eliminated Ivory Coast in the semis of WAFU tournament.